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 for Holy Ghost
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ghost \Ghost\ (g[=o]st), n. [OE. gast, gost, soul, spirit, AS.
     g[=a]st breath, spirit, soul; akin to OS. g[=e]st spirit,
     soul, D. geest, G. geist, and prob. to E. gaze, ghastly.]
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     1. The spirit; the soul of man. [Obs.]
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              Then gives her grieved ghost thus to lament.
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     2. The disembodied soul; the soul or spirit of a deceased
        person; a spirit appearing after death; an apparition; a
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              The mighty ghosts of our great Harrys rose. --Shak.
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              I thought that I had died in sleep,
              And was a blessed ghost.              --Coleridge.
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     3. Any faint shadowy semblance; an unsubstantial image; a
        phantom; a glimmering; as, not a ghost of a chance; the
        ghost of an idea.
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              Each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the
              floor.                                --Poe.
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     4. A false image formed in a telescope by reflection from the
        surfaces of one or more lenses.
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     Ghost moth (Zool.), a large European moth ({Hepialus
        humuli); so called from the white color of the male, and
        the peculiar hovering flight; -- called also great
     Holy Ghost, the Holy Spirit; the Paraclete; the Comforter;
        (Theol.) the third person in the Trinity.
     To give up the ghost or To yield up the ghost, to die; to
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              And he gave up the ghost full softly. --Chaucer.
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              Jacob . . . yielded up the ghost, and was gathered
              unto his people.                      --Gen. xlix.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Holy \Ho"ly\, a. [Compar. Holier; superl. Holiest.] [OE.
     holi, hali, AS. h[=a]lig, fr. h[ae]l health, salvation,
     happiness, fr. h[=a]l whole, well; akin to OS. h?lag, D. & G.
     heilig, OHG. heilac, Dan. hellig, Sw. helig, Icel. heilagr.
     See Whole, and cf. Halibut, Halidom, Hallow,
     1. Set apart to the service or worship of God; hallowed;
        sacred; reserved from profane or common use; holy vessels;
        a holy priesthood. "Holy rites and solemn feasts."
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     2. Spiritually whole or sound; of unimpaired innocence and
        virtue; free from sinful affections; pure in heart; godly;
        pious; irreproachable; guiltless; acceptable to God.
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              Now through her round of holy thought
              The Church our annual steps has brought. --Keble.
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     Holy Alliance (Hist.), a league ostensibly for conserving
        religion, justice, and peace in Europe, but really for
        repressing popular tendencies toward constitutional
        government, entered into by Alexander I. of Russia,
        Francis I. of Austria, and Frederic William III. of
        Prussia, at Paris, on the 26th of September, 1815, and
        subsequently joined by all the sovereigns of Europe,
        except the pope and the king of England.
     Holy bark. See Cascara sagrada.
     Holy Communion. See Eucharist.
     Holy family (Art), a picture in which the infant Christ,
        his parents, and others of his family are represented.
     Holy Father, a title of the pope.
     Holy Ghost (Theol.), the third person of the Trinity; the
        Comforter; the Paraclete.
     Holy Grail. See Grail.
     Holy grass (Bot.), a sweet-scented grass ({Hierochloa
        borealis and Hierochloa alpina). In the north of Europe
        it was formerly strewed before church doors on saints'
        days; whence the name. It is common in the northern and
        western parts of the United States. Called also vanilla
        grass or Seneca grass.
     Holy Innocents' day, Childermas day.
     Holy Land, Palestine, the birthplace of Christianity.
     Holy office, the Inquisition.
     Holy of holies (Script.), the innermost apartment of the
        Jewish tabernacle or temple, where the ark was kept, and
        where no person entered, except the high priest once a
     Holy One.
        (a) The Supreme Being; -- so called by way of emphasis. "
            The Holy One of Israel." --Is. xliii. 14.
        (b) One separated to the service of God.
     Holy orders. See Order.
     Holy rood, the cross or crucifix, particularly one placed,
        in churches. over the entrance to the chancel.
     Holy rope, a plant, the hemp agrimony.
     Holy Saturday (Eccl.), the Saturday immediately preceding
        the festival of Easter; the vigil of Easter.
     Holy Spirit, same as Holy Ghost (above).
     Holy Spirit plant. See Dove plant.
     Holy thistle (Bot.), the blessed thistle. See under
     Holy Thursday. (Eccl.)
        (a) (Episcopal Ch.) Ascension day.
        (b) (R. C. Ch.) The Thursday in Holy Week; Maundy
     Holy war, a crusade; an expedition carried on by Christians
        against the Saracens in the Holy Land, in the eleventh,
        twelfth, and thirteenth centuries, for the possession of
        the holy places.
     Holy water (Gr. & R. C. Churches), water which has been
        blessed by the priest for sacred purposes.
     Holy-water stoup, the stone stoup or font placed near the
        entrance of a church, as a receptacle for holy water.
     Holy Week (Eccl.), the week before Easter, in which the
        passion of our Savior is commemorated.
     Holy writ, the sacred Scriptures. " Word of holy writ."
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  Holy Ghost
      n 1: the third person in the Trinity; Jesus promised the
           Apostles that he would send the Holy Spirit after his
           Crucifixion and Resurrection; it came on Pentecost [syn:
           Holy Ghost, Holy Spirit, Paraclete]

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

  Holy Ghost
     the third Person of the adorable Trinity.
       His personality is proved (1) from the fact that the
     attributes of personality, as intelligence and volition, are
     ascribed to him (John 14:17, 26; 15:26; 1 Cor. 2:10, 11; 12:11).
     He reproves, helps, glorifies, intercedes (John 16:7-13; Rom.
     8:26). (2) He executes the offices peculiar only to a person.
     The very nature of these offices involves personal distinction
     (Luke 12:12; Acts 5:32; 15:28; 16:6; 28:25; 1 Cor. 2:13; Heb.
     2:4; 3:7; 2 Pet. 1:21).
       His divinity is established (1) from the fact that the names
     of God are ascribed to him (Ex. 17:7; Ps. 95:7; comp. Heb.
     3:7-11); and (2) that divine attributes are also ascribed to
     him, omnipresence (Ps. 139:7; Eph. 2:17, 18; 1 Cor. 12:13);
     omniscience (1 Cor. 2:10, 11); omnipotence (Luke 1:35; Rom.
     8:11); eternity (Heb. 9:4). (3) Creation is ascribed to him
     (Gen. 1:2; Job 26:13; Ps. 104:30), and the working of miracles
     (Matt. 12:28; 1 Cor. 12:9-11). (4) Worship is required and
     ascribed to him (Isa. 6:3; Acts 28:25; Rom. 9:1; Rev. 1:4; Matt.

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